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Double Knitting Blanket (February)

Knitter's Almanac
Knitter's Almanac (2010)
Knitting
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
10 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
20" x 26"

Summary  A very warm baby blanket that functions as two.



Additional Information

GAUGE: 10 sts to 4"; 2.5 sts to 1", measured over completed fabric.

MATERIALS: 4 4oz skeins Sheepsdown, or 4-5 skeins of any thick wool to give the above GAUGE.  1 pr needles to give you this GAUGE, #10.5 or larger.



This month’s chapter, Some Babies' Things, includes a Double-Knitting Pot-Handler, a Square Baby Shawl, a Baby Sweater on Two Needles and Baby Leggings.



Elizabeth Zimmermann's elaboration on the Double-Knitting Blanket or Pad:

Although babies rarely, if ever, express their pleasure at being dressed in wool, it is surely manifest when you dote on a small plump person soundly and contentedly asleep, swaddled in woollen sweater, woollen leggings, and a soft wool bonnet, snugly tucked under a fine warm wool blanket.
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We will start with a blanket--a simple oblong one with an unusual working, which affords soothing and mindless knitting.  It is also a growing laprobe, so if your baby is being born in the summer, better make the blanket quite early in the game.


From the back of the book.



"The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater."